A new study published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood has found that whether or not children were breastfed as infants, and for how long, can have an impact on their test scores when they reach adolescence. The study followed approximately 8,000 Irish children from birth to the age of 13 and found that those who were breastfed for six months or longer scored higher on academic tests. Even after taking other factors, such as the mother’s education, family income, and the child’s birth weight, into account, the results held true. While the study’s authors note that correlation does not necessarily equal causation, the findings suggest that breastfeeding could be an important factor in a child’s future academic success.
Today: November 30, 2023